2 LI men accused of killing NYC rapper
Two Long Island residents have been charged in the killing of a New York City rapper.
As News 12 has reported, rapper Lionel "Chinx" Pickens was shot and killed while sitting in his car in Queens back in 2015. Pickens was raised in Far Rockaway, Queens.
Officials say that a Queens County jury returned a five-count indictment Thursday, charging 26-year-old Jamar Hill, of Valley Stream, and 32-year-old Quincy Homere, of Baldwin, with the fatal shooting of Pickens and the wounding of 27-year-old Antar Alziadi as they sat in the musician's vehicle in Briarwood, Queens.
District Attorney Richard A. Brown said that, according to the charges, in the early morning hours of May 17, 2015, Hill and Homere followed Pickens, 31, from a nightclub performance in Brooklyn into Queens before firing a weapon at Pickens' Porsche in the vicinity of Main Street and Queens Boulevard. Both Pickens and his passenger, Antar Alziadi, were struck multiple times. The two men were transported to a Queens hospital, where Pickens was pronounced dead and Alziadi was treated for his injuries.
"This indictment shows that the two defendants essentially stalked their victims before shooting them and making a getaway. But through the talent and tenacity of the Queens South detectives, working closely with the office of the Queens District Attorney, they have now been brought back to answer for this violent act," said New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill.
The defendants, who have been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, face 25 years to life in prison if convicted.